If you'd like to see specifically what I mean, let's take a look at a news release I issued this week highlighting the speech given by Northrup Grumman's Boris Fritz at RAPID 2008.
This is not science fiction, according to Boris Fritz
, an aerospace engineer, who outlined the potential uses of these so-called "respirocytes" during his
remarks at RAPID 2008, a conference and exhibition sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
[Okay, so now for the first time I put a name to my expert and also introduce the technical term 'respirocytes.' But I don't yet give more details about Boris
nor do I burden this sentence with details about RAPID 2008 or SME.]
believes that respirocytes - which function as artificial red blood cells capable of transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body - could replace 10% of actual human blood cells to provide the extra four hours of intake-free, life-sustaining oxygen.
A video interview with Fritz
is available now on the Low-Volume Manufacturers Association
site at www.l-vma.org.
[This is my real sales pitch.
I want to attract readers to the L-VMA web site and to view my interview with Boris
But I was very patient in making sure that readers would want to hear more about Boris
before I introduced this link.]
Fritz is a senior engineer technical specialist in the Materials & Processes Laboratory at Northrop Grumman Corp.
He is also founder and a past chairman of SME's Nanomanufacturing Technical Group.
told RAPID 2008 and L-VMA
also is excited about the ability to use additive fabrication systems to produce programmable material - sometimes called utility fog or foglets - that can change shape, feel and bond based upon a user's needs.
explained, in the future - perhaps as soon as 20 years hence -- billions of volumetric pixels (voxals) will be simply manufactured and programmed to conform to users' needs: a bed that can be used at night that then reforms itself to be a desk or kitchen table during the day.
envisions a more distant future in which programmable material is used to build homes that can be 'remodeled' at will and holodeck-like rooms where the interiors can reshape themselves to match almost any desired scenery - including to-the-touch accurate human models.
Dean Rotbart, founder and director of L-VMA, says that Fritz highlights the fact that the additive fabrication industry - which most people think of as dealing with industrial prototypes and parts - is on the cutting edge of 21st Century technological advances.
"Investors, entrepreneurs and journalists who want to see tomorrow today should be talking to RAPID industry leaders such as Boris Fritz
[This is my release.
Although it may seem to be about Boris
speech, it is really about the L-VMA